About Dynamic Psychotherapy?

I consider your personality, experience and needs as unique.  Accordingly, every therapy process is also unique. I work with you to plan for your individual needs and goals in a quiet and confidential setting.  When it comes to therapy one-size-does-not-fit all.

“…a person carries his life within him, recreating and replaying his inner issues in varying surrounds again and again over time.”

Fred Pine

Initial Consultation

I meet with you in consultation three – five times to get to know you. During this time I listen to your experience and what brings you to therapy.  This gives you the chance to decide if you feel comfortable with me and at the conclusion of the time we discuss my treatment recommendations. We agree on how to proceed. 

My attention and reflections — along with your own — become a pivotal part of your psychotherapy work. I listen without judgment and take your experience seriously.  The continuity of our meetings helps you to trust and rely on the therapy process.

Read here: “Why Does Therapy Take So Long?

What is “Dynamic” Psychotherapy?

Dynamic psychotherapy considers significant moments, events and relationships in your life and your reactions, past and present, conscious and unconscious. While symptom relief is a necessary and important part of psychotherapy it is the underlying issues that led to your symptoms that make more enduring change possible. The work I do focuses on the what leads to your symptoms. Your symptoms begin to make sense and typically reduce or dissipate in severity.  You and I think about you as a whole person in the present and with the understanding of the context of your past experience. 

The word “dynamic” describes how mind and body interface and how we may feel energized or deadened, and feel connected in loving or depleting relationships.  I help you work on the issues that you’ve not been able to work through and to come to terms with difficult moments that have hindered you in previous relationships. 

Psychoanalysis Today?

Most everyone that comes to therapy is looking for a second chance. 

Many people assume that they will always be anxious and/or depressed.  Psychoanalysis is a meaningful, researched, therapy process today, that differs in many respects from Freud’s psychoanalysis of the late 1800’s.

If you knew that you could make a significant shift in your well-being and state of mind would you put effort into that change? Psychoanalysis targets change unlike other types of present-day psychotherapies.

With frequency of sessions and deepening of our therapeutic alliance, a rich dialogue occurs. A personal story — one with and without words — unfolds and you become more able to accept aspects of your experience that you previously thought of as “just the way I am.”  

For example, some people feel “broken” or that they are a “shell” but they don’t know why? They feel different than other people. In the containment of our therapeutic relationship, psychoanalysis may help you in ways that other therapies do not. 

Your present day experience is based on the ways you identified with loving and/or feared, parents. These actively dynamic parts of your personality are called “object relations” and repeat in your daily relationships.  To read more about object relations, click: HERE.

I use techniques in psychoanalysis based on object relations and intersubjectivity, present day research on neonatal mother-infant bonding, attachment, individuation, child development, neuroscience, and studies on culture and the importance and impact of peer relationships.

 Read more about Psychoanalysis:  Here

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Anais Nin

Susan E. Barbour, Ed.D. Psychologist/Psychoanalyst
Dynamic Psychotherapy Associates, LLC

827 N. Cass St.

Milwaukee, WI. 53202

Phone: 414-368-0460